This is the first of two capstone courses in the Multimedia Communication track of the Professional Writing Minor. At the end of this course, you’ll have a collection of work in a variety of professional genres, including employment-oriented documents. You will be able to use some of these documents as you apply for internships and jobs and as you create your professional website in Writing 155B.

The assignments in the course ask you to engage in activities that will help you improve as a writer in the following ways:

  • refine your writing style
  • compose in multiple media
  • design documents effectively
  • use a variety of software programs

The syllabus, schedule, projects, and resources for the course can be found here on the Web at; if you’d like to print out the syllabus, schedule, and projects, use this PDF. The website will be updated regularly.


The assignments for the course constitute your final grade, roughly as follows:

  • Design Principles Project: 10%
  • Logo Project: 30%
  • Brand Style Guide: 30%
  • Document Redesign: 20%
  • Participation: 10%

Important Information

  • My email is
  • My office is South Hall 1522 and my office hours are Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00 and by appointment.
  • Class meets in Phelps 1518.
  • Because much of the work of the course will be done during class time, your attendance and participation are very important. You are allowed two absences; after that, your final grade will be lowered by one grade for each absence (e.g., if you are absent 3 times, an A becomes an A-; if you are absent 4 times, an A becomes a B+).
  • If you arrive late to class, I count that as half an absence.
  • Remember that even if you are absent you are responsible for any work that is done during class and for any assignments that are given or are due during class. Send me an email or come by my office during my office hours to find out what you missed.
  • If you plagiarize on any of the assignments you will fail the class and will be subject to disciplinary action by the University.

Campus Resources

  • UCSB Answers  has a list of resources that can help if you’re experiencing food insecurity, housing insecurity, financial difficulties, or other concerns related to your mental, physical, or social well-being. 
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers counseling, self-help information and connections to off-campus mental health resources. They also offer help in stress management. CAPS can be reached at 893-4411.
  • Disabled Students Program (DSP) (893-2668) provides academic support services to eligible students with temporary and permanent disabilities.
  • Also, I am always available to help via email, during my office hours, or by appointment. 

Students with disabilities: If you need special course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, please speak to me or email me after the first or second class session.